Unlike football or NFL tennis doesn’t really work in super stadiums unless you have bionic eyesight. However there are some big ones out there and while most are in the Grand Slam venues there are a few other big ones dotted around the world.
1. Arthur Ashe Stadium
With a capacity of 23,200 spectators, the Arthur Ashe Stadium located within the Flushing Meadows complex, dwarfs its rivals in terms of capacity.
The stadium is part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre and host the mens and women’s US Open every year which runs from late August to early September. The stadium was officially opened in 1997 replacing the Louis Armstrong Stadium as the main venue for the tournament. A retractable roof was added in 2016.
2. O2 Arena London
The O2 has been conducting the ATP World Tour Finals worth 1500 points every year since 2009, and will continue to do so until at least 2020. It’s the second biggest tennis stadium in the world with a capacity of 17,500 and is one of the largest multi-purpose arenas in the world.
3. Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Located near Palm Springs in California, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is is definitely the best venue outside of the grand slams.
The stadium is home to the BNP Paribas Open a Masters event that features both the women’s WTA Tour and the men’s ATP World Tour. Constructed in March 2000 it hosts a 16,100 capacity Stadium 1, 8,000 Stadium 2, two 19,000 square foot shade structures, 29 world-class courts, 23 lighted courts, upgraded locker rooms and fitness areas, 108-seat press room and 18 broadcast booths, eight acres of outdoor exposition space and 54 acres of outdoor parking! The annual Masters event takes place in early March every year.
4. The Ahoy Rotterdam
The award winning steel structure – Ahoy Rotterdam is a convention centre that hosts the ABN Amro tournament in February every year. The indoor stadium has a capacity of 15,818
5. AccorHotels Arena, Paris
The AccorHotels Arena hosts the Rolex Paris Masters event every year between October and November The total capacity of this arena is 15,609, and it is located in the neighbourhood of Bercy.
There are a few different tennis stadiums that clock in at a 15,000 capacity
The Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 15,000
The legendary Rod Laver Arena opened in 1988 but renovated in 1995, its most high-profile features are the oven like temperatures in Melbourne for the Australian Open every January! And of course the retractable roof is probably the retractable roof.
Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena – 15,000
The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai is a futuristic and special venue. It’s unique spiral-motion retractable roof takes takes just eight minutes to open or close, it has hosted the Shanghai Masters 1000 since 2009.
Diamond Court, National Tennis Center, Beijing – 15,000
Constructed for the Olympic Games in 2008, the Diamond Court at Beijing’s National Tennis Centre is another with a capacity of 15,000.
It’s also now the venue for the annual China Open.
Wimbledon Centre Court – 14,979
The most famous and iconic of them all, dates back to 1922, and it has been in an almost constant state of development ever since. The last major addition to it was the installation of a retractable roof in 2009.
Court Philippe-Chatrier at Stade Roland Garros (14,840)
The Court Philippe-Chatrier is probably the least eye pleasing of the top 10 and is famous for it’s unpredictable weather conditions due to it’s design. But this hasn’t stopped it hosting the second grand slam every year, the French Open.
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